Monday, February 28, 2011

All aboard the POTTY TRAIN!

*image courtesy of google images

In our house, we have been riding the potty train
for about two weeks now. I am so AMAZED at how well Wendy is doing. We got rid of diapers cold turkey (not counting the "princess pull-ups" she wears to bed). As an incentive, we have a gift bag full of cheap plastic food for her kitchen we call "pee pee prizes." Every time she goes, we make a big deal over it and she gets to pick one. Getting her to go #2 is like pulling teeth, so we've upped the ante to TWO pee pee prizes PLUS a sucker for a #2. I liked the idea I saw here of instant gratification with a reward that can be immediate and small enough to repeat over and over again. (At this point, she could open up a plastic grocery store with all the plastic food she's accumulated). We sit her on the toilet every hour or two and that's it. All I can say is that it's been over two weeks and I can count the number of accidents she's had on one hand. That includes trips to target, the doctor's office, and 3 hours of church. Twice.

*my blurry daughter with some pee pee prizes: strawberry ice cream cones

As time goes by, I've come to realize that potty training is not something that can be done in an allotted time period. It's never ending. I wanted to cross it off my to-do list, but I don't think I can cross it off as DONE until she's going on her own, free of accidents, and making it through every night dry.
I don't feel like that will ever happen. But I'm so proud of her (and for myself) for the progress we've made.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wendy's Big Girl Princess Room

I'm moving along on my "before baby to do list." I think decorating the kids rooms is definitely the most fun thing on there. Doing it on a budget is the only challenge. Wendy's big girl princess room is about halfway done. I've had fun looking for pink posters for her walls and these are some of my favorites:

2. Temple ( I LOVE this one because I've explained to Wendy that the Temple is HER castle, where HER prince will take her one day. She refers to the temple as "My temple castle." So this poster is kinda princess-y without being princess-y at all, know what I mean?)
4. Lovely Love my Family (if you don't already know, all the proceeds from these posters go to help pay for my cousin Davy's medical bills. I love it!)

30 Weeks

Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 30 WEEKS!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Lovely Love

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I wanted to share (brag about) a crafty, valentine's-y gift I made for my husband. I was actually too excited about it to save it for Valentine's Day and ended up giving it to him for Christmas.

*you sick of this picture yet?

Figured out how to turn a picture into a stencil here.

Printed it out on cardstock paper, in grey to save some ink.

Cut it out with an exacto knife the best I could and sponge painted it onto a shirt with acrylic paint + a fabric medium to make it stay through the wash.

Tadaa! I lovely love this shirt.

Happy Valentine's Day to my sweetheart. Je t'aime.

Monday, February 7, 2011


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I am currently deep in the throngs of nesting. My "Nesting To Do" list is filled with small to large home projects I would like to get done before this baby gets here. Many of them are somewhat unnecessary, but for some reason I feel like I HAVE to get them done NOW (i.e. re-paint my bedroom a better color). But, apparently I am not the only one nesting in this house. See for yourself...

Ugly little things aren't they? Ugly in a kinda cute way. Something interesting my bird nerd husband told me - the momma bird lays an egg every other day, then after sitting for 22 days, a baby hatches once every other day (in the order they were laid). Wouldn't it be nice only being pregnant for only 22 days? Then again, maybe not. If that were the case, I wouldn't have time to get everything done.

Pregnancy #2 - fun facts:
Deep clean the grout in my shower - DONE
Deep clean the carpets
Organize all the closets - DONE
Install recessed lighting in living room & kitchen - DONE
Paint outside of patio door with chalkboard paint - DONE
Paint my bedroom
Move computer/office space into the living room - DONE
Re-upholster & paint vintage chair
Convert current office into "Wendy's Big Girl Princess Room" - working on it
Convert Wendy's current room into baby boy nursery - working on itGet Wendy to sleep in her big girl bedroom - DONE
Get Wendy off the pacifier
Potty train Wendy - DONE
Plan New Beginnings - DONE
Decide on a double stroller - DONE
Sell/just get rid of some of these stinkin' birds (really, they kinda smell) - DONE
Sell single jogging stroller, RockBand, & microphone on craigslist
Get new dinning chairs for kitchen table
Complete enough CE Units to renew my RDH license - DONE
Throw my husband a big 30th birthday party - DONE
Throw my daughter a little princess birthday party - DONE
Have Innocencia deep clean my house